Hailed by the Times as "hugely entertaining", award-winning narrator Alison Larkin selects fairytales of strong, brave, independent, at times irreverent girls and women who take charge of their lives, go on their own adventures, rescue themselves, and sometimes even save the men they love.
These are not stories of helpless females shut up in high towers waiting around for a handsome man to rescue them while they sleep for years or brush their golden hair a lot. These heroines have far more to distinguish them than the fact that they (sometimes) end up married to a prince.
Selected and introduced by Alison Larkin, the stories are:
"The Snow Queen", "Molly Whuppie and the Double-faced Giant", "A Pottle of Brains", "Cap o' Rushes", "Hansel and Gretel", "Mr. Fox", "Clever Grethel", "Kari Woodengown", "The Twelve Dancing Princesses", "Felicia and the Pot of Pinks", "The Iron Stove", "The Hedley Kow", "The Six Sillies", "Baba Yaga", "The Old Woman in the Woods", "The Idle Spinner", "The Twelve Brothers", "Frederick and Catherine", "Little Red Cap", and "Beauty and the Beast."
Award-winning audiobook narrator, comedienne, and best-selling author of The English American Alison Larkin is also a classically trained actress who has appeared on Broadway with the Royal National Theater and off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Recent narrations include her AudioFile award-winning recording of Peter Pan and The Inconsiderate Waiter by J. M. Barrie and Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
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Amazing Narration for Brothers Grimm Short Stories
I simply loved listening to Fairy Tales of the Fiercer Sex, an anthology of 20 classic folk and fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm more than 200 years ago. Many of these stories have captured the imagination of millions, resulting in hundreds of adaptations, including a few Walt Disney movies. For example, the movie Frozen was based on "The Snow Queen," and "Beauty and the Beast" is perhaps the most famous Grimm Fairy Tale, which was made into a Broadway play, multiple television shows, and several movies.
That having been said, this collection is NOT of the Disney princess variety. The Grimm brothers wrote compelling stories often with imperfect characters and not so "happy ever after" endings. The one theme that connects this collection of short stories is that all of them feature independent women who are strong and adventurous. These girls and women don’t wait around for a man to rescue them, but rather they take charge and rescue themselves. "Hansel and Gretel” and "Little Red Riding Hood" come to mind.
Alison Larkin narrated this collection of fairytales and she was simply sublime. She brings an enthusiasm and zeal to her narrations that many actors lack. Alison uses differing voices for all characters, and changes up the tempo during the most exciting parts of each tale. [I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.] In conclusion, Fairy Tales of the Fiercer Sex is an excellent audiobook that any fan of classic folk and fairy tales would enjoy!
Charming fairy tale collection
It's hard to critique the content, since most of these stories are classic fairytales. Alison Larkin's narration works really well for this collection. I think she'd do well narrating any children's stories. I don't know if she has a lisp or the recording wasn't able to reduce sibilance effectively, but her hissing 's' sounds were noticeably distracting through my earbuds. I'm not sure, maybe if I had downloaded at a higher quality format (which I don't like to do because of file size) this wouldn't have been an issue. Other than that, though, it was a wonderful narration :)
- Christine Newton